CAO Cases

Arne Hoel, The World Bank

Europe & Central Asia

Albania / Enso Albania-02/Mat

Complainant
Community members from various villages surrounding the town of Klos, in the province of Mat, Albania
Date Filed
March 20, 2019
Concerns
Water shortage and impact on agricultural activity, rural development, and tourism.
Case Status
Open - Ombudsman
 

Synopsis

Project Overview  

IFC has a $8.6 million equity investment in a holding company in Albania established by Enso Hydro, an Austrian company specializing in investments in small and medium-scale hydropower plants. One of the hydro projects Enso has invested in is the Mati hydropower plant, a concession for a cascade of 5 small hydro projects with a total installed capacity of 29.8MW, in the downstream area of Mati river basin in the Mat region, Albania.

 

Complaint 

On March 20, 2019, a complaint was submitted to CAO by an individual on behalf of community members from various villages surrounding the town of Klos, in the province of Mat, Albania. The complaint raises environmental and social concerns mainly related to water shortage and impact on agricultural activity, rural development, and tourism.

 

CAO Action

CAO found all the complaint eligible for further assessment on May 1, 2019 and has begun an assessment of the complaint. 

 

Status

The assessment of the case is ongoing.

 

Status as of June 7, 2019


Note: A CAO assessment does not entail a judgment on the merits of complaints. Rather, the aim is to listen to people's concerns, understand the different perspectives, and determine what options are available to address the complaint through CAO's Dispute Resolution and Compliance functions.

 

Project information

Institution
IFC
Project Name & Number
Enso Albania 30979
Department
Infrastructure
Company
Enso Hydro Energji Sh Pk
Sector
Renewable Energy
Region
Europe & Central Asia
Country
Albania
Environmental Category
B
Commitment
$8.66 million equity

Case Tracker

Ombudsman

  • Eligible: Completed
  • Assessment Period: In Process

Compliance